The original Rona, a 77' classic ketch was bought by Lord Amory, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the 1960's for the Rona Trust (London Sailing Project), which he had formed to take parties of young sea cadets from London to sea.
The Rona Trust (LSP) now runs the Rona II, Donald Searle and Helen Mary R which take young people from Scouts, Guides, colleges, sailing clubs, Youth Offending Teams, Social Services and care homes to sea. The LSP also runs voyages for Deaf people, Visually Impaired people and those with severe learning difficulties.
The aim is to provide, through the medium of sea training in offshore craft, opportunities for young people and people with disabilities, to acquire those attributes of a seaman, namely; a sense of responsibility, resourcefulness and team-work, which will help them throughout their lives.
Rona II is a regular participant in the Tall Ships' Races and competed in the Tall Ships' 2000 Trans-Atlantic Race, and the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009.